General courses are designed to brief health and safety professionals in occupational issues that are relevant across lots of different work environments. The focus here is on the key aspects of health and safety such as how to organise, review and audit areas of potential risk. Courses also include a chance to put knowledge and understanding gained to use in a practical way.
The specialist NEBOSH Certificate Course
follows a similar structure to the general course. Many share the same first module (NGC1), which is concerned with the organisation, planning and review aspects of health and safety. The key difference is that a specialist NEBOSH Certificate Course
trains candidates on risks specific to certain industries or areas such as fire, construction, environment or oil and gas. For example on the fire course, candidates will learn about managing fire safety, principles of fire and explosion, causes and prevention of fire, fire protection in buildings, safety of people in the event of a fire and fire risk assessment. While those on a construction course learn about the hazards and controls on site, for vehicles and plant, musculoskeletal issues, work equipment, electrics, fire, chemical and biological health, physical and psychological health, excavation and confined spaces and demolition and deconstruction.
It is also necessary to consider whether you are aiming to work outside the UK, before choosing a NEBOSH course. This is because there are two main options - national and international courses. The national NEBOSH Certificate Course
is designed for candidates who will be working within the UK. In addition to the information on planning and organising health and safety and potential risks to consider, national courses will include UK relevant legislation. This means that candidates will be up to date on their ethical and legal responsibilities as health and safety leaders.
The international NEBOSH Certificate Course
is designed for those candidates wishing to seek employment abroad. While they follow the same structure as the national courses, the UK relevant legislation is not included.
The last decision to make, when choosing a NEBOSH course is how would you like to study it?
The first option is distance learning. Study in your own home, at times convenient to you. This is possible as your receive a pack of learning materials from your training provider, that you can work through at your own pace. You can choose, when to take the exam and can focus your efforts on the areas that you most need to improve. If you learn best in a individual setting, then this is a geat option for you. Support is available for this option from qualified tutors and others completing the course, in the form of email, telephone and social media.
The second option, is to attend an organised training course. Run at providers' locations throughout the UK, you can attend a NEBOSH Certificate Course with other candidates. The learning is led by a qualified NEBOSH instructor and you get the benefit of their experience and the opportunity to interact with others in the group.